If anything, pundits would have backed them to be in a scrap in the lower half of the table – which is just where Burnley have found themselves. But Sean Dyche hasn’t made the Clarets top-flight mainstays by throwing in the towel easily – and a win here would bolster their likely survival further.
If you’d told Hammers fans that they would be on the cusp of Europe’s biggest club competition at the start of the season, you’d have got a few raised eyebrows. But that is exactly where David Moyes’ side find themselves. The odds are against them – but victory today keeps them in the mix.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season, as West Ham look to keep in the hunt for a top four finish – and Champions League football – against Burnley at Turf Moor.